Import and transit of zoo animals
When importing zoo animals special harmonised rules in EU-legislation exist for ungulates in Commission Implementing Regulation 780/2013 (amendment to Commission Regulation 206/2010).
For other species an import license of Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira is required - anyway, usually the import requirements for zoo animals given in the import license are based on the requirements set for the species in question meant for breeding or production in EU-legislation (for instance poultry) . If the animals are transiting via road through Finland (for instance flight from a country outside EU and after that by road transport to port of Helsinki) and the destination is some other Member State, the import licence is given by the responsible authority of the country of destination. In addition to that, a transit permit for the road transit via Finland is needed if the country of destination is outside EU. No transit permit via road is needed if the country of destination is an EU-country, anyway the transport must not cause any threat of spreading contagious animal diseases or threat to human health.
If the zoo has not been accepted according 92/65/ETY article 13 for approved bodies / institutes / centres, no import license is allowed to be admitted, and the import is not allowed at all. Even if the zoo is approved in general, but if this acceptance does not include the species in question, the import should fulfil EU requirements (if such requirements for the species in question exist) and for the import no import license is admitted.
The veterinary border control is performed at the first BIP of entry in EU-area (for instance Helsinki-Vantaa airport). Please contact at least one week prior to the import or transit by e-mail: lentoasema @ evira.fi